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Papier Mache Etc.

How to use papier mache, paper clay, insulation and other similar mediums to design props and haunt accessories. Monster muds, plasters, polymer clays, all things related to sculpting are kosher. Beginners to ole pros are welcome.

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Cardboard Flowers


I had originally planned to make this into papier mache, but decided to try it with just cardboard first. The finished flower just fits in the palm of my hand.

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Papier Mache and Monster Mud

Started by beadyeyedbrat. Last reply by beadyeyedbrat Oct 25, 2014. 10 Replies

Some of my larger props fall over in strong wind and I've been thinking of adding monster mud. Does anyone have experience doing this? What would you say ar the pros and cons and what tips do you…Continue


Started by beadyeyedbrat. Last reply by beadyeyedbrat Oct 24, 2014. 33 Replies

Post your pics of WIPs and finished projects!

Beginning of a Demon

Started by beadyeyedbrat Oct 24, 2014. 0 Replies

So you take your basic foam wig head, add cardboard here and there to build up the face, make horns and attach.…Continue

Fairy Skeleton Cage

Started by beadyeyedbrat. Last reply by beadyeyedbrat Sep 25, 2014. 7 Replies

A friend brought by an old bird cage to see what I could do with it.…Continue

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Comment by beadyeyedbrat on October 2, 2013 at 10:15pm

It's finally here! Tis the season for the reason.

Comment by beadyeyedbrat on October 2, 2013 at 10:14pm

Yes it's for boats. Specifically for masts and things that won't get walked on. Just for moisture protection.

ezjoe jas the right idea.

Comment by ezjoe on October 2, 2013 at 12:10am

With my Pumpkins, I put three good coats (inside and out) of the brush-able Helmsman Spar Urethane by "Minwax" on it before a drop of paint ever hits my pumpkin. Then I paint both inside and outside of the pumpkin in layers, with a spray coating of Spar Urethane in between each layer to protect the underlying color. This way if I mess up the new layer paint, I can just wipe it off thus leaving the under layer of paint color protected.

Once the final color(s) are done, I then give the whole pumpkin (inside and out) three more coats of brush-able Spar Urethane, and also with one extra coat on the bottom again. By the time they're totally done they have between 6-8 coats total over everything plus two more total on the outside bottom (one before paint and one after), with my signature preserved under the final two coats on the bottom. They almost feel as if they are either made of ceramic or hard plastic when done, and they are totally 100% waterproofed

Comment by xenubarb goromasu on October 1, 2013 at 11:20pm

Spar urethane IS for boats, yes. And if you can think of a more horrible environment for a paper mache piece, um...on a boat is the worst. So if it holds up on my wood brightwork, it oughta hold up for a paper mache diddly.

Comment by Jeffrey Robert James on October 1, 2013 at 8:14pm

Spar urethane, huh.  Isn't that stuff for boats?  Has anyone ever tried Sanding sealer or something like Thompson's Water Seal?

Comment by ezjoe on September 29, 2013 at 11:59am

I also use Spar Urethane, and have had the same results for four years as well... no peeling noted on my end as well.

Comment by beadyeyedbrat on September 28, 2013 at 3:52pm

I've been using Helmsman Spar urethane by MinWax. Someone told me it will eventually peel off, but I haven't had it happen after 4 years. It's oil based and smelly, so use outside.

Comment by Wendy Askew on September 28, 2013 at 1:17pm

Need ideas for waterproofing paper mache for outdoor use

Comment by Jeffrey Robert James on September 25, 2013 at 10:31pm

Jaybo, thanks for the basic answers on the two procedures.  I may have to add some more celulose fiber to my version of clay for locking and bonding purposes.  My jaw is almost dry, I am using a package of fake fingernails for the teeth, which I think looks great, but need to come up with some ideas for the molars.  Any ideas guys?

Comment by Jaybo on September 25, 2013 at 10:24pm

MM is just paint and joint compound. By itself, MM is weak.. It becomes strong when imbedded in fabric. The fabric is what makes it strong. PM Clay is similar, but has shredded paper mixed into the paste.The fibers of the paper will lock and create an extremely strong bond. 


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